Liao Jiaming: Too Good to Be True
Liao is interested in human emotions, especially those evoked by social interactions and technological advancements. He shuttles between the physical and virtual world, manipulating images and being in this moment of time. His work has been shortlisted in the WMA Masters and the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize.
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Artificial intelligence (AI) trained with profile pictures from gay dating apps generates the images that form the main content of this exhibition.
The distortions in the generated images are a reflection of social media’s twisted perception of and desire for bodily perfection.
The ‘collaboration’ between the artist and the machine not only questions what photography is in terms of image production, yet also simulates how online dating images are produced, stored, chosen, and reproduced.
This case study explores the notion of beauty and how it has shaped social behaviours and influenced our self-cognition. In addressing various aspects of online dating through Too Good to Be True, Liao hopes to foster dialogue on the complexity and fragility of interpersonal relationships.